iPhone SE 2 might finally launch next year

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The iPhone SE 2 is likely to look a lot like the original.
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There’s a glimmer of hope that Apple will once again make a truly budget handset. Information leaking out of this company’s supply chain indicates that there could be an iPhone SE 2 introduced in 2020.

Analysts with Barclays report being told by sources in Asia that Apple intends to take the internals of the iPhone 8 and remake them into an iPhone SE 2.

However, only “a few suppliers” the analysts spoke with had heard about this plan. Whether that means it’s very hush hush or a rumor with no basis in reality is anyone’s guess. Reports of Apple’s plans often leak out of the network of companies in Asia that supply iPhone components, but they aren’t always accurate.

There’s demand for an iPhone SE 2

The original iPhone SE was a bare-bones handset with a 4-inch screen and a $399 price. It launched back in 2016 and was discontinued last fall. There have been rumors of an updated version for years, even while the original was still available.

If the new model really is based on the iPhone 8, it will have an Apple A11 Bionic processor, 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.

The information coming from the Barclays analysts indicates that the iPhone SE 2 will only use the internals. The analysts said nothing about price, but a serious replacement for the SE would have to be somewhere near $399. To get that price, Apple would have to use a smaller, lower-resolution screen. And Touch ID is more likely than Face ID.

The release date is said to be early 2020, so this wouldn’t be tied to the much more powerful iOS handsets expected for that fall.

Source: MacRumors